Myanmar is to build an open source e-government platform with help from Vietnam.
The first phase of the platform will be launched at the end of the year with functions allowing officials to manage citizen data and exchange information with other ministries and local governments, according to Vietnamese media reports.
The platform will be upgraded in 2015 with cloud technology, and capabilities to handle more complex datasets and mobile users, it added.
One of my goals for this year is to become proficient in a cross platform GUI tool kit. The toolkit I've chosen to get my hands dirty with is Qt because in addition to being cross platform it also has a fantastic amount of documentation.
I always find I learn programming easier when I am building some practical instead of going through various tutorials that you just throw away when you are done. So with that, my "learn Qt" project is something I'm calling qAndora.
It hasn't been a good year for open source. Not for its generally golden reputation for software quality and security, anyway. But in a rush to lay blame for the Bash Shellshock vulnerability (and previously for Heartbleed) some, like Roger Grimes, want to dismantle some of the cardinal tenets of open source, like the suggestion that "given enough eyeballs, all bugs are shallow."
ARM hasn’t been paying attention. While the rest of the world has turned to open source for essential infrastructure software, ARM’s Mbed operating system for the Internet of things (IoT) is proprietary, with just enough open source sprinkled in to attract developers.
ARM insists this is necessary to prevent Mbed from becoming fragmented, which is a reasonable concern. What may not be reasonsable, however, is relying on a proprietary operating system to dominate IoT.
The most obvious of these is the Linux operating system, used by almost all HPC systems. MPICH, OpenMPI, and their variants are examples of other open source tools that “facilitate scalable, distributed computing and have supported decades of research, including spinning off multiple derivatives that have made their way into commercial offerings by big name vendors such as Cray, IBM, and Intel,” says Schroeder.
Zentyal is one solution. Zentyal Community Edition is a free, open-source all-in-one server that includes all of the features listed above. Plus, you get Samba4 integration, so it's a perfect replacement for that aging Active Directory server. One of the best parts about Zentyal is that you can take advantage of less powerful hardware. Even though there's a graphical interface, the server is fully administered via a web browser (which means you can manage it from anywhere on your network).
Ericsson is resurrecting its WebRTC-based browser, Bowser, to help spark the development of more websites and apps that embrace voice, video and messaging features.
In a discussion that will sound familiar to Australian readers, US military development agency DARPA wants to create provably-secure software.
According to Threatpost, DARPA director Arati Prabhakar told a Washington Post security conference that embedded systems are among the kinds of applications for which it's feasible to create such OSs.
In July of this year, NICTA open-sourced the code for its seL4 microkernel, identifying DARPA among the software's users.
As you may have noticed, the Next Big Thing is the Internet of Things. It's certainly true that in addition to computational capabilities, connectivity is also being added to an ever-wider range of everyday objects. On the other hand, in the light of Snowden's leaks about pervasive surveillance of our online activities, you might have thought people would be a little more cautious about wiring up even more of their lives.
Leaving aside such thorny issues, a more technical question is: will one platform come to dominate the Internet of Things? The unanimous answer of companies, is of course "yes", because they all dream of offering it. But some players are better-placed than others to aspire to that position. One of them, arguably, is the UK company ARM, which has just made an interesting move in this sphere: